I was born and raised in Michigan, later moving to central Illinois when I was twelve. I predominately work in watercolor and also enjoy graphite and charcoal. I’m a member of the Transparent, Missouri, Pennsylvania and National Watercolor Societies; additionally I hold signature status with the Illinois Watercolor society. I’ve been painting seriously since 2008 and I work out of a home studio in Bloomington Illinois.
My exposure to formal art education has been limited, more by personal choice. I have accumulated some academic art instruction spanning three schools: Heartland Community College, Illinois State University and lastly The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I find inspiration from many other artists and I have a great collection of North Light Books as well as several editions of Splash and Spectrum to satisfy my art cravings.
Watercolor has become my medium of choice. Watercolor possesses a transparency unrivaled by any other medium, its lightness and manipulative characteristics are a big draw for me as an artist. My subject matter often centers around colorful and transparent objects that compliment natural light. The majority of my recent work has been steeped in still life arrangements which allow me to control the lighting and chose the appropriate objects that best compliment my representation painting style.